Wayne Rooney has expressed his desire to emulate the likes of Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes and see out his career at Manchester United.
Rooney, who is currently out of action after suffering a nasty gash to his leg in United’s win over Fulham a fortnight ago, was linked with a move away from Old Trafford following Robin van Persie’s arrival from Arsenal.
Rooney has recently expressed his regret at his decision to hand in a transfer request two years ago, describing the incident – which subsequently saw him sign a new five-year deal at the club – as the ‘biggest mistake’ of his career.
Having been linked with a move to archrivals Manchester City back in 2010, Rooney faced a battle to regain the affections of the United faithful, but he insists he has no intention of leaving the Red Devils.
“Being at Manchester United for eight years, it is like a family club and you get to see all the history and how big the club has grown over the years and you feel part of that history,” Rooney told Sky Sports. “I said when I signed my new contract, and I will say it again: I love playing for Manchester United and as long as I am contracted to play for this football club I will be here for a long time.
Rooney said United was one of the biggest clubs, “if not the biggest”, in the world.
“Let’s be honest – where else can you go from this football club? I want to be successful. I want to still be playing here in the next ten years. You just look at Giggsy and Paul Scholes how successful they have been – they are an example to us all. That’s the plan and hopefully that will be the case.”